You are your best personal safety tool. The information in the categories below will work towards keeping you safe, and help you find the assistance you need in the event of a potentially harmful incident.
Assess the situation, and then take action.
Stalking is defined as the intentional, unlawful and repeated harassment and/or following of a person, which causes that person to be in reasonable fear that he/she may be injured. Stalking may start out with repeated unwanted contacts, including calls, visits, and gifts. Stalking may include harassment, threats, or obscenity - in person, by phone, via the internet, or in writing. Stalking may escalate quickly and without provocation or encouragement by the victim. A small percentage of stalkers follow celebrities or strangers, but the majority of stalker's are following someone with whom they have had a past or present relationship. If you think you are being stalked:
A hate crime is defined as injuring another person; damaging another person's property; or threatening a specific person (or group of persons) and placing that person in reasonable fear of harm to person or property because of the perpetrator's perception of the victim's race, religion, ancestry, national origin, color, handicap (mental, physical, or sensory), sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, parental status, political ideology, or gender identity. Even if a perpetrator is incorrect about a persons actual identity (race, religion, etc.), if they commit acts against a person based on their perception, these acts may still be considered a hate crime.
Anyone can be the victim of rape or sexual assault, regardless of age, sex, race, status, or type of dress. There is no stereotypical racist, either. Many rapes are, in fact, committed by acquaintances of the victim. Be aware of the different possibilities and be prepared to decide what action is required in a potential sexual assault situation.
Remember, no one has the right to force or pressure another to have sex, regardless of past consent, sexual history, dress, or circumstances. Rape is a violation of another's body and spirit.
Do not hesitate or be embarrassed to ask a friend or public safety staff member to escort you. If you are asked to escort another person, please do so with courtesy and consideration. Helping to keep the campus safe is everyone's responsibility.
Anyone can be the victim of rape or sexual assault, regardless of age, sex, race, status, or type of dress. There is no stereotypical racist, either. Many rapes are, in fact, committed by acquaintances of the victim.